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MP3's vs. original recording SQ??

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Old 02-14-2007, 08:30 PM
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Does anyone here know off the top of their head if the Eclipse 8445 is ipod ready? I think it is but I can't recall for sure.
It does but not that well from what I've read. Sorry I can't elaborate
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:13 PM
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:51 PM
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The first time I encoded some songs for MP3 I did it at either 98kbs or 64mbs, whatever was lower so I could fit more songs on my mp3 discman.
at that time I wasnt old enough to drive, but the thing was so bad I couldnt listen to it on a discman.

128 isnt terrible but you definately can tell its MP3
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:10 PM
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128kbit/s lies on the cusp of audibility for your average commercial recording..... if you have something really dynamic then 192kbit/s is probably as good as most people will need.. but by all means go higher..


the use of dynamic encoders is becomming quite popular... the idea is to encode run of the mill compressed program at a lower bitrate and during a dynamic passage encode at a higher bit rate where it matters....
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by DesolataX
Get an 80GB ipod video and an ipod compatible deck (not aux in), rip everything as lossless m4a.
Only way to go if you don't want to carry around all those cd's.
Sorry for the odd question, but what is the difference between an Ipod ready deck and just using a "AUX in" ? Just curious because I don't have an Ipod (I have a Creative MP3 player) and was thinking about running it through the AUX in. Will I get horrible results if I do this?
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Old 02-16-2007, 03:12 AM
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No, it will sound fine, depending on the quality, but alot better than using an fm transmitter. You will have to change songs using the mp3 player, which can be a pain.
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Sorry for the odd question, but what is the difference between an Ipod ready deck and just using a "AUX in" ? Just curious because I don't have an Ipod (I have a Creative MP3 player) and was thinking about running it through the AUX in. Will I get horrible results if I do this?
"Ipod ready" can range from having an "ipod" input to dedicated ipod controls on the deck itself. In my case, the Alpine deck I have controls many of the standard features of the ipod right from the deck. This allows me to hide the ipod and just use the deck for everything. SQ is as good as possible since the system uses the ipod's dock connector for pre-amp level signals. I can say that since I've started using the ipod in the car, I can never go back. The level of convenience is so much better and when the tracks are ripped properly the SQ is just as good as a disc. I have not used a disc in over 6 months.
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:04 AM
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OK thanks for the info. I think I will give it a shot. It just seems so much more handy.
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